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Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on September 16, 2013

Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 7:1-10

When Jesus had finished all his words to the people, he entered Capernaum. A centurion there had a slave who was ill and about to die, and he was valuable to him. When he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and save the life of his slave. They approached Jesus and strongly urged him to come, saying, “He deserves to have you do this for him, for he loves our nation and he built the synagogue for us.” And Jesus went with them, but when he was only a short distance from the house, the centurion sent friends to tell him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof. Therefore, I did not consider myself worthy to come to you; but say the word and let my servant be healed. For I too am a person subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come here, and he comes; and to my slave, Do this, and he does it.” When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him and, turning, said to the crowd following him, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” When the messengers returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.

Reflection on the gospel reading: There is much that can be written about this narrative, but at its core, it is a healing story that witnesses to the power of the faith of a Gentile, a man who belongs to a nation that Jesus’ people generally hold in lowest esteem: so much so that they deem them to be “unclean.” Yet Jesus says plainly in this gospel passage that he has not found such faith as the centurion’s in all of Israel. The reading reminds us that God can reveal Godself in surprising ways; for this reason, we cannot reject anyone as unfit to manifest the life of God to us. This text teaches us that God can call any individual to show forth God’s life to others.

stcyprianSaint of the day: Born in 190 in Carthage, North Africa to wealthy pagan parents, Cyprian of Carthage grew up to teach rhetoric and literature. An adult convert in 246, he was ordained in 247 and became Bishop of Carthage in 249. During the persecution of Decius, beginning in 250, Cyprian lived in hiding, covertly ministering to his flock; his enemies condemned him for being a coward and not standing up for his faith. Writer second only in importance to Tertullian as a Latin Father of the Church, he was exiled during the persecutions of Valerian. A friend of Saint Pontius, he was involved in the great argument over whether apostates should be readmitted to the Church; Cyprian believed they should, but under stringent conditions. His position, of course, was not sustained ultimately. In the persecutions of Valerian, he was exiled to Curubis in 257, then brought back Carthage and martyred by beheading on September 14, 258 in Carthage.

Spiritual reading: God is near us, but we are far from Him, God is within, we are without, God is at home, we are in the far country. (Sermons by Meister Eckhart)

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